Left: Quick sketch of Chef Stefan Richter ("Top Chef") with a Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen and gouache washes on Richeson Recycled Watercolor Paper, 8.5 x 11 inches. (Name misspelled on the drawing.)
So the other night I was watching "Top Chef" and I decided I'd better get some sketching in before the end of the day. (Bouts of coughing had kept me from doing any sketching.) I stopped the action (which you can do with a DVR) and quickly sketched with the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy Pen. Then I painted immediately right over those lines with various light washes of gouache. I used light washes because I didn't want to obscure the ink lines.
I was having a lot of fun glazing different colors onto other colors and mopping blue all over the place. I don't typically use Raw Sienna in my palette, but I had some put out before I was sick and it was still sitting there on my china plate.
I like the roughness of the sketch. I went to scan it and then when I was cropping it I coughed and my fingers hit the wrong keys and I ended up inverting the image.
I thought it looked so fun inverted that I saved a copy to show you. I love the way the ink lines all become white. I thought about combining them in some way, but I started to cough again, so that ended my experiments.
I've been working quite a bit on the Richeson Recycled Watercolor Paper lately and I have to say it's pretty tough. I don't scrub at it like I might scrub at Arches (which is so heavily sized it would take a Brillo pad to rub through it) but the sizing on this paper keeps performing even when I go back to add additional layers or to pick up and blot out.
I enjoy using Schmincke gouache in light washes like this because it has so much punch, and sometimes I just don't want to let go of my ink lines.
I was disappointed to see Stefan bumped from the show. I would have enjoyed more opportunities to sketch him.